House Committee Considers Future of Ethanol in Show-Me State

JANUARY 25, 2006 - Posted at 8:16 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A bipartisan group of lawmakers say they want the state to require most Missouri vehicles to use ethanol-blended gas.

The group includes the chairman and several members of the House Agriculture Committee.  They say ethanol is cleaner, gives farmers a market for selling their corn and would drive down the price of gas.

The requirement was discussed by the House Agriculture Committee yesterday.  It would require a ten percent blend of ethanol in gas.  It would not cover fuel for aviation or marine craft, or fuel to run antique cars.

Ron Leone is the executive director for a petroleum marketers' trade group.  He sided with supporters but called for price and supply safeguards.  The safeguards would drop the mandate when ethanol costs more than regular gas or when there are ethanol supply shortages.

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